Role Title: Research Intern, Community Food and Environment Study
Organisation: Telethon Kids Institute
Internship Period: Summer (November - December)
With one in four children (5-15yrs) and one in three adolescents (16-17yrs) being overweight or obese in WA, identifying ways to prevent obesity is a public health priority. Recent calls from the WA community for a ban on fast-food outlets near schools further highlights the need for regulation addressing the location of unhealthy food outlets, yet little is known about the impact of fast-food outlets near schools on children’s dietary intake. This lack of evidence means policies to manage food environments near WA schools are currently non-existent and difficult to advocate for.
We are seeking a highly motivated intern to help understand how the immediate food environment surrounding schools impacts the behaviour, health and wellbeing of school children, parents and local residents. The intern should have an interest in nutrition and the connections between the built environment and health. The specific research project for this internship will be to assist the Community Food and Environment Study (CFES) by entering and cleaning survey data from our large data collection effort, across different communities in Perth. Findings will be used to advocate for policy changes to limit unhealthy food access around Perth schools. The intern will also have an opportunity to work on other research projects the Food and Nutrition Team are currently undertaking. The successful intern will work closely with the Food & Nutrition Project Coordinator.
The Telethon Kids Institute is based within the Perth Children’s Hospital, and is one of the largest, and most successful medical research institutes in Australia, comprising a dedicated and diverse team of around 1,000 staff, students and honoraries. We've created a bold blueprint that brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share our vision to improve the health and wellbeing of children through excellence in research.